Beneath the Sheaths This was a fine art project I did in collaboration with Meigan Canfield & Eddie Lau back in 2012 and displayed at 18 Reasons in 2013. What seemingly started as a still-life project grew to what feels like a portrait of each of these food artisans through their tools of livelihood. From the artists' statement by Eddie Lau: Beneath the Sheaths is a Dux Art collaborative project: imagined and produced by Eddie Lau and photographed by Meigan Canfield and Ellis Au. It is a project that was born from the basic idea that for each study – ingrained in the similarities and differences of each set of tools, there exists a dichotomy between the conscious desire for individuality and the omnipresence of a community. The creative origins for Beneath the Sheaths stem from a vision to represent the interplay of personal relationships between style, identity and function for the tools of chefs. These tools of chefs in their simplest reasoning serve the purpose of utility. But between each knife, spoon or rolling pin are rich stories that detail the experiences of service, the weathering from thousands of ingredients, and the reflections of their ambitions, failures, vanities and successes. For enthusiasts and those involved, it is hard to argue about the pure physical beauty of the instruments captured - often evoking an admiration to their history and to their craftsmanship. But it is the continued objective of Beneath the Sheaths to examine the progressive linearity that may exist between chef responsibilities, occupation, community and regionality.